Rufous-collared Sparrow
Zonotrichia capensis


A common yardbird bird throughout higher elevation portions of much of Central and South America, on Aruba the Rufous-collared Sparrow is largely confined to the Arikok hills though on the neighboring island of Curacao they occur virtually everywhere. If well seen they are a rather striking bird displaying a rufous collar edged with black below the throat, a white breast, and a gray head with bold black crown, eye, and whisker stripes. Sadly the eggs and young of this species are likely targets for the introduced and growing population of nonnative boa constrictors on the island.